Skeena-Bulkey Valley MP Nathan Cullen has confirmed the first dates of his fall Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tour, including a stop in Prince Rupert.
Cullen, who is organizing the tour with Friends of Wild Salmon, initiated the tour to give his constituents a voice in the LNG discussion, claiming the federal government has taken people’s voices out of proposals.
“We’re experiencing a major transition in the Northwest. It’s more important now than ever for people who live here to have their say in guiding how that economic development happens. We’re a resource economy and we want to ensure that resource development respects the values we hold as citizens of this place,” Cullen said.
The tour will join LNG proponents, First Nations, environmental organizations, economic development groups and other community partners for presentations and discussions that Cullen said will be “open, informed and educational”.
“Across the Northwest, people are hearing about LNG, but as a new industry we don’t necessarily know all that much about it. Our goal is to bring those individual conversations under one roof and bring people the best information possible,” Cullen said.
The LNG tour will kick off in Smithers on Nov. 12, making its way to Prince Rupert on Nov. 15 for an event at the Highliner Hotel starting at 7 p.m.
The tour will continue in the eastern part of the riding in the new year.